chapter  Chapter Seven
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A Plan for Action

ByWalter Roy

One of the main concerns felt by teachers charged with the responsibility for launching the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), is how to meet the need for effective and efficient implementation. The Secondary Examinations Council has a particular function to perform in presenting GCSE at national level. The local education authorities are equal partners with the teachers and examination boards in the enterprise. The paramount need is for professional co-operation and a professional dialogue between teachers, examination boards officials and local authority officers, especially subject advisers. Subject advisers therefore need to become skilled specialists in the interpretation of the general and specific criteria, in the assessment procedures to be followed, and particularly in helping to train teachers in methods of oral examining and continuous assessment. The number of practising teachers and personnel of examination boards present should be sufficient in numbers, and of high quality to make an impact.